The College’s David Orser Executive Speakers Forum is named for David B. Orser, a 1966 MSU graduate who started funding the program in 1988 in order to inspire MSU business students to pursue careers as innovative, responsible, and ethical business leaders.

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Upcoming Orser Executive Speakers Forum:


Ray SedeyRay Sedey


Wednesday, February 15

Public Presentation: 5:30-6:30 pm
Location: Jabs Hall 111

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About the Presentation

Title: "Leadership and Decision Making"


About the Event:

Ray Sedey, Chairman & CEO of Genuine McCarthy Enterprises, Inc., will discuss how a “perpetual” business model impacts decision making. By following their strategic map, the employee-owned company focuses on creating opportunities and making impactful decisions, controlling what you can control, and developing yourself and others. This approach has allowed McCarthy to continue to grow, while delivering great experiences to employees, clients, and the communities where we work and live.


About the Speaker:

Ray Sedey assumed the position of CEO of McCarthy Holdings, Inc., one of America’s premier building companies, on January 1, 2020.

Sedey began with McCarthy in 2000 as a project engineer in the firm’s Southwest Region. He then moved through several core operations roles including superintendent, project manager and director, before being promoted to vice president, operations for the Las Vegas office in 2009. In 2012, Sedey was promoted to executive vice president responsible for leading business operations in Nevada, New Mexico and Colorado. In this role, he was instrumental in helping position McCarthy as a builder of choice in infrastructure, aviation, commercial, healthcare and entertainment projects, including successfully positioning the firm as a builder of choice for complex projects on the Las Vegas Strip.

In 2015, Sedey was selected to lead the McCarthy Texas Region as regional president. Under his leadership, McCarthy strengthened its position across the state of Texas with a focus on client results, safety, financial performance and talent management. In 2018, Sedey then led efforts to combine operations of the McCarthy Southeast Division and Texas Region to form a new Southern Region and assumed the position of Southern regional president.

In addition to Sedey’s experience with McCarthy, he is actively involved in a variety of professional and community organizations including the Dallas Regional Chamber, TEXO, American Heart Association, Make-A-Wish Foundation, Montana State University College of Engineering advisory board and more. Sedey has repeatedly been recognized for these efforts including an Engineering News-Record Southwest 20 Under 40 Award, among others.

McCarthy Holdings, Inc. is the oldest privately held national construction company in the country – with more than 150 years spent collaborating with partners to solve complex building challenges.


Past Speakers (listed chronologically, oldest to newest):

Arthur Peterson                            
David Oreck, chairman of Oreck Corporation
Joseph T. Wells, chairman and founder of the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners
Gerald Searfoss
John Goodrich
J. Luther King
Sam McDonald
James Alderson
Martin White
Paul A. Stewart, manager of global business development for a division of Eli Lilly
Christopher Disher, vice president for Booz Allen Hamilton
Dana Lasher, owner of Get Ready Girls, Inc.
Jonathan Howlett, worldwide director of advertising for BBC Global Channels
Mary Perry, president of the promotion agency division of Ryan Partnership
Delmar Jones, president of Cindel Group, Inc. and owner of Jonesy's Classic Cleaners
Lyle Knight, president and CEO of First Interstate BancSystem, Inc.
Investment Panel (4 speakers)
Andrew Fieldfounder and president of
Alan Rypinski, serial entrepreneur and the founder of ArmorAll
Ian B. Davidsonchairman of Davidson Companies and Davidson & Co.
Jeff Sundheim, account director at Google
Stu Bohart, President of Liquid Markets at Fortress Investment Group
Richard Broome, former member of the White House crisis management team
Richard "Bob" Chickering, serial entrepreneur and business executive
M.H. Elovitz, director of the Centre for Strategic Geopolitics
Ashley Jablow, challenge and client lead for OpenIDEO
Kristy Young, digital product management executive and managing partner for blaZe interactive, LLC
Marty McVey, president of McVey & Associates, LLC
Gerald Grinstein, strategic director of Madrona Venture Group and past CEO of Delta Air Lines
Tim Solso, General Motors' board director and past chairman and CEO of Cummins Inc.
Lachlan Perks, past chief operating officer of Eclipse, Inc.
Nicole Jones, senior law enforcement and security counsel at Google
Rich Barton, former Microsoft executive and a founder of the online companies Expedia, Zillow, and Glassdoor
David B. Orser, a former president of Occidental International Oil and the founder of this event series
Vu Le, a writer, speaker, blogger and executive director of Rainier Valley Corps
Behrooz Abdi, a technology entrepreneur and investor
Ben Deuling, owner of SporeAttic and Zariah Tolman, founder & executive director of Positivity Outward
Dave Stephenson, CFO and head of Employee Experience at Airbnb